Victoria’s Secret Model Quits ‘for My Husband’

Model Kylie Bisutti, 21, has decided to leave Victoria’s Secret because it clashes with her Christian beliefs.

“My body should only be for my husband and it’s just a sacred thing,” Bisutti told FOX411′s Pop Tarts column.  “I didn’t really want to be that kind of role model for younger girls because I had a lot of younger Christian girls that were looking up to me and then thinking that it was OK for them to walk around and show their bodies in lingerie to guys.”

Bisutti beat out 10,000 hopefuls in 2009 to win the Victoria’s Secret Model Search. She was 19 and recently married at the time.

“Victoria’s Secret was my absolutely biggest goal in life, and it was all I ever wanted career-wise. I actually loved it while I was there, it was so much fun and I had a blast. But the more I was modeling lingerie – and lingerie isn’t clothing – I just started becoming more uncomfortable with it because of my faith,” Bisutti told FOX411. “I’m Christian, and reading the Bible more, I was becoming more convicted about it.”

On Dec. 1, the day after the nationally televised Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in which Bisutti didn’t appear, the model posted to her Twitter page, “For all of you that were looking for me in the Victorias Secret runway show this year, I wasn’t in it. I have decided not to model lingerie Because I personally feel that I am not honoring God or my husband by doing it. My marriage is very important & with divorce rates rising I want to do everything I can to protect my marriage and be respectful to my husband. God graciously gave me this marriage and this life and my desire is to live a Godly faithful life, I don’t however judge others for what they do. Everyone is convicted on different levels.”

Bisutti hasn’t completely given up on modeling just yet. The beauty also posted to her Twitter page, “I am still modeling but only with brands that respect my decision not to wear lingerie. I am also doing TV work now :).”

So what do you think about this? A reasonable decision to stop selling her body or hypocritical since she has achieved fame by doing so and now is changing her tune along the lines of Kim Cardashian launching her career based off a sex tape? And what of a 21 year old who is married and born again Christian enrolling in a Victoria’s Secret Model Search to begin with? Is the Christian respect for her husband appropriate or sexist?
Please discuss.

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Comments

  1. She says her body is for her husband’s eyes only.

    Do you know what this means? Don’t you see what’s happening, people? The Taliban have infiltrated the heart of the American media industry! The war in Afghanistan is going much worse than anyone thought. Not sure how drone strikes are going to help in this case.

    Yeah, I know, whatever, the Taliban are Muslim and she says she’s a Christian, but if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck….

  2. Like anything else, religion is a journey. People grow in it at different rates. Just because she wanted to become a VS model and did, and now has decided it no longer fits into her life, doesn’t make her hypocritical. It will be interesting to see what kind of modeling she does do. Some ads can be very provocative with a fully dressed woman. But the journey is still hers. A Christian will be the first to tell you they aren’t perfect. Doesn’t make them any less Christian or hypocritical if their heart is sincere.

    • thanks for being a voice of reason on this comment stream.

    • yes THANKS. I was about to be sick if there wasn’t someone with a decent comment sooner or later, although I do enjoy the banter. People who think Christianity is bogus are probably the most interesting to chat with! Anyways, I comment her for the step she took for whatever reason she did. I don’t know why people have such issues with Christianity if it isn’t true anyways. Or wait…could it possibly be? and could it be that it tends to ruffle some feathers…get under some peoples’ skin? Because if it IS true, then what? hmm…

      • I meant to say that I “commend” her.

      • NickMostly says:

        It’s arrogance and ignorance to think that what ruffles feathers is the possibility that Christianity might be true. You don’t hear atheists railing against the Jains or Buddhists for one simple reason: those religions aren’t trying to insert themselves in our court houses, in our schools, and in our state houses. They’re not blowing shit up in the name of their preferred deity, and they’re not legislating the activities I can engage in consensually in my bedroom. They don’t show up on my doorstep with tracks, they don’t make moral pronouncements about the evils of homosexuality while renting a boy on the side. Quite simply, their religion is a deeply held personal conviction, and if Christians followed that model I wouldn’t care what they believed.

      • ” Or wait…could it possibly be? and could it be that it tends to ruffle some feathers…get under some peoples’ skin? Because if it IS true, then what? hmm…”

        Assuming that something is true because it provokes hostility or opprobrium may be a dubious assumption. The Westboro Baptist Church “tends to ruffle some feathers” when they chant that child murder victims are doing to hell. Does that mean that the Westboro Baptist Church’s teachings are true?

        • I apologize. I should not have asked why people have issues with Christianity. There are endless reasons for anyone and everyone to have issues with Christianity. I should have said the teaching of Jesus and Jesus himself. I personally do not think Jesus and his teachings are the issue. People and the way they live out their so-called religious beliefs are the problem.

          And of course just because hostility is provoked by something does not mean it is true. Good point. I deserved to be called out on that bold statement.

  3. Thaddeus in Brazil, are you still out there?

    If not, I am willing to guess what you might say here: compared to what women here in Brazil wear on a regular basis, I don’t see what the big deal is. Only her husband is allowed to see her bare midriff? Why is a bare stomach considered sexually provocative? What she wears on stage is what Brazilian women wear to go grocery shopping. You North American WASP’s are so uptight.

    How’d I do? : – ) I mean this imitation as the sincerest form of flattery. I’m caricaturing what I think is actually a very good point that I would agree with. (It’s not an ad hominem attack, I swear! Feel free to caricature me in reply.)

  4. What I can’t get over is the way she stated that being a Victoria’s secret model is all she’s ever wanted to do but she’s giving it up for her marriage. The message I take from all this is to give up our dreams for a man. I can’t think of a more damaging message to send young girls. A marriage that really works is often based on the sharing of dreams. if you don’t have the same ideas for the future one or both of you is never going to be happy in that future. The only good thing I can take away from this is as a general rule, people jut shouldn’t get marriage at such a young age

    • I think this is the part of it that bugs me too. It’s either saying ‘give up your dreams for a man,’ or ‘give up your dreams for religion.’ Either way it’s a negative message to send. People have a right to not do certain jobs because of their religion, so that doesn’t bug me. She has a right to quit because she’s becoming a more fundamental Christian, (not in a bad way necessarily). But the way she posted it on Twitter and the way she framed her announcement, as if she was stopping her life to focus everything onto her marriage was troublesome.

      • wellokaythen says:

        I thought the same thing. Giving up your one big dream because you got married?

        Of course, if *becoming* a VS model was her big dream, she achieved it, so maybe there’s a sort of “been there, done that” aspect to it.

        And, we have to consider her age. She says at 19 being a VS model was all she ever wanted. She was only 19. How long could she have been dreaming about it? 4 years maybe? A lifelong dream at 19 is not exactly a lifelong dream at 49. (If she had been dreaming about being a VS model since she was 5, then there are much bigger problems here….)

        I can understand the principle of it, but I wonder where it ends. No bikini when she goes to the beach? No aerobics classes with any men in the room? No going to see a male doctor? Only modeling hejabs and burqas?

      • Perhaps it isn’t a matter of her stopping her life to focus everything into her marriage. Perhaps it’s a matter of her starting her life to focus on something she considers more valuable then a career with VS?

        I think dreams can change. I know they have for me. I value things different now then I did when I was 21. Maybe she just reached this point quicker then I had. I know that for the right guy, I would give up a career to focus on my marriage and family. And I wouldn’t feel degraded for that. Infact, I think the kind of lifestyle where I could focus on my marriage and family would be more fulfilling then any career. Isn’t today about have the freedom to make our own choices whether they be successful careers or families or both? And having the freedom to adjust our lives when certain things no longer apply without judgement?

        • “Isn’t today about have the freedom to make our own choices whether they be successful careers or families or both? And having the freedom to adjust our lives when certain things no longer apply without judgement?”

          No, it isn’t. The day that you describe will never come.

    • Whereas I think the message young people should glean is: have bigger dreams. Whether modeling lingerie is okay or not, whether submitting to one’s spouse is applauded or lamented, I hope that neither would be the solitary goal of her life.

  5. Good for her, I’m pround of her decision. We need more young peolpe to stand up for there believe. You Go Girl and may God Bless you.

  6. I admire your conviction. Some of the above remarks show that the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him…May the Lord bless you as you delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

  7. Michelle says:

    I think that’s kind of selfish of her. She entered a contest to be an UNDERWEAR MODEL. Victoria’s Secret sells UNDER WEAR. If she was sooo modest then how did she win? Because she looks good in underwear and swim suits. That’s what models do,t hey model a companies products. if she was that modest she’d have done regular catalog work, not high end.

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